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Hi. I’m new on this forum, and I was going through the Clothing & Accessories threads and noticed the subject of breathable waders coming up a lot. I’m a bit of an all-round angler these days and found a guy specialising in breathable wader repairs being bigged-up on a salmon fishing forum. Lots of very satisfied customers, it would seem.

He expains what he does here http://salmo.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=clothing&action=display&thread=4645

I know that my new breathables will eventually leak and so it might be a good idea to bookmark his site at http://sites.google.com/site/wadersrepairs/

BTW, I have no relationship financial or otherwise whatsoever with the guy. I was simply impressed by the satisfied customers and Diver Dave's background.
 

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Nice one Dave! Welcome aboard.
 

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Sounds like we'll be able to get our waders serviced in the off-season (what off-season LOL).
 

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Thanks guys for the welcome. But I seem to have transgressed by posting links on my first post, yet have got away with it!

Currently I'm a bit obsessed by topwater plugging for pike, about which I'll post elsewhere on here in due course. Suffice to say I've never found as effective a method for catching pike as this.

Having got away with the links, if you're a topwater nut enjoy this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOFtt0243XQ&feature=related

Again, I've no connection whatsoever with Rapala!
 

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Hi all

Thanks for the kind words. I enjoy the wader work, but am equally happy to advise you how to repair waders yourself. many repairs are quite basic, and need no special equipment. Others are a bit more tricky, but none of them are particularly difficult. All repairs are made by spraying now, as it is neat and quick, as well as drying more quickly. we have built a new pressure test rig, that gives equal pressure in all directions from the top of the waders to the boots, this finds the leaks without unduly stressing the seams or material.
I repair them like dive suits, as it really annoyed me that a £300 pair of waders lasted for months and a £300 (cheap) drysuit lasted years. I took a pair of expensive waders to bits, identified where the problems were and developed techniques to make them better. Not as a job but more so i did not continually get wet. When i retired from diving people began to ask me to help with their waders and we started to get really busy with it.
It has just kind of developed from there.
Now three of us work on this. We test and fix waders, talk about the river trusts, fishing and shooting and complain about the news, which we very much enjoy! we drink lots of coffee, eat lots of cakes and chocolate biscuits and have a good morning complain, sets us grumpy old men up for the day.

Diver dave gordon
 

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I'm sure you'll be made very welcome Dave.......especially as the fastest growing section on this Forum is the grumpy old man section....and on here "old" means anyone who can breathe.....:wink:
I'll be very surprised if you're not inundated with questions and requests fro knowledge about waders. If I get chance when I get back onshore in Aberdeen I'll try and pop in and say hello......
 

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Hi Dave

Given some of the terrain I have to clamber across I am sure I will be calling on your services very soon! Good to have you on the forum.
 

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This is a very useful link indeed :clap::clap:

The wader repair link has been added under domestic retailers (yes, I know its not quit the correct place for it :mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen:) in my recourses for salt water angling that you will find under the Tackle Talk section.
 

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Hi all

Thanks for the kind words. I enjoy the wader work, but am equally happy to advise you how to repair waders yourself. many repairs are quite basic, and need no special equipment. Others are a bit more tricky, but none of them are particularly difficult. All repairs are made by spraying now, as it is neat and quick, as well as drying more quickly. we have built a new pressure test rig, that gives equal pressure in all directions from the top of the waders to the boots, this finds the leaks without unduly stressing the seams or material.

Diver dave gordon
Dave, I am interested to know more, as my lads Scierra Aquatex Boot Foot waders are next to useless after less than one season. It's not punctures that are the issue as I can repair these okay, but the material is no longer waterproof and they seep terribly. Now he is fly fishing and needs to stay in the water rather than just crossing it, they are a major disaster. Is there anything to be done or should we bin them? I am sure it is the waterproofing rather than holes as you can see they "wet" and stay wet compared to mine which work fine. If there is anything you can suggest, please PM me re ideas & costs so we know whether to repair or replace. Thanks!
 

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I see this from time to time where the waterproof membrane breaks down. The photo on our website is an example of this. Until recently we could not fix this but i have developed a technique that works very well. What we do is mix two sealants and a solvent together. This makes them thin enough to spray the material. We apply two -three coats to the weeping area, or indeed the whole lower area of the wader making a new very strong but basically invisible barrier on the inside. The waders look and feel the same but are now very strong, and basically cannot leak again, it can, like anything else however still puncture, it is not armour!. They do not breath, but the area that tends to go is the thighs so this is no big deal. It should last for years.
This works well as long as the material is not delaminating, we can stil do it then but really this is a short term repair for termanally ill waders!
We have to do all the seams when we do this but it works well, and is a low cost solution to replacement, it takes a week to do.
hope this helps

cheers

D

ps sorry i cannot pm you, not enough posts yet but you wil get my phone number on my website to discuss, Dave
 

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Thanks, Dave! Will call to discuss...
 
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